I hope that you are finding joy and new life this Easter season. If, on the other hand, you are facing challenges and difficulties I pray that Christ’s resurrection will give you hope.
This Sunday at the 10 am service Logan Clark, son of Jeremy and Marilyn Clark, will be baptized. Please keep the Clark family in your prayers, and join us for a wonderful celebration of Logan’s new life in Christ.
Where’s Beth? Many of you have asked after our Curate the Rev. Beth Sciaino for the last few Sundays. She has been doing Sunday supply work for parishes that currently have no clergy. She’ll be back at All Saints’ on April 29 and May 6. Beth will continue to do supply work as needed and as she discerns where God is leading her next.
This week’s announcements can be found below. Please also take a look at our website: www.allsaintsmillington.org and follow us on Facebook! You can also connect to the diocesan website here: www.dioceseofnewark.org.
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Argyle’s Fish ‘n Chips – Thursday, May 3, from 5:30–7:30 pm. Tickets on sale this Sunday at 10 am, see Betsy Wallace. Or download the form from our website and send it in. Eat in or take out! $15 for adults, $8 for kids. Tell your friends and bring your neighbors for a good time with the greater Long Hill Township community. We’ll need help with selling tickets, setting up, baking desserts, and serving. Please sign up to help out as you can. Thank you! Suzanne Traub & Betsy Wallace
GreenFaith’s Residential Solar Energy Event will be in the held Parish Hall on Sunday, April 29 from 12:30-3:30 pm. It takes 15 minutes. For each home that qualifies and installs panels, All Saints’ will receive $200! The panels and installation are free to the homeowner.You reduces you energy costs, help the environment, and All Saints’ raises some funds! It is a win-win for all! You can sign-up on the sheet in the Narthex to reserve a time on April 29 to have your home assessed via Google Earth; we also take walk-ins. Please pass this along to your friends and neighbors. Questions? Speak with Susie Harris in the Parish Office (908) 647-0067, Roger Mederos, or Mother Vicki.
Confirmation - The youth and adults to be confirmed by Bishop Beckwith on May 6 in Newark will be formally sent forth with our prayers and blessing at the 10 am service on April 29. They will then be honored in the 10 am service and at coffee hour on May 13, and given their Prayer Books. Please be on hand for these events which are so important in the life of our parish young people and adults. And please keep them in your prayers!
Food for Friends Pantry in Dover –Please remember to bring non-perishable food to church each week. Your contributions make a difference in the lives of many!
Special Church Days in May – the Easter season is full of days in the Church calendar that recognize particular aspects of God’s nature or our relationship with God. Three days of special note are Rogation Sunday (May 13) when we ask for God’s blessing on the gardens and fields; Ascension Day (Thursday, May 17) marking the Risen Christ’s return to heaven; and Pentecost (Sunday, May 27) – the Fiftieth Day of Easter, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and the birthday of the Church. Rogation and Pentecost will be celebrated on their Sundays at both services. Ascension Day will be celebrated on Thursday, May 17th at 7:30 pm with Evensong. This lovely service from our Anglican heritage dates back to the 16th century as is a peaceful and beautiful end to the day.
Women’s Book Group – at our May meeting we’ll be discussing Long Ride Home: A Novel by Will Allison. We’ll gather at 7:30 pm in the Rath House on May 16. Hope you can join us for good conversation and friendship.
Diocesan Outreach Effort - Make a difference in honor of Father's Day at a Habitat build. Wouldn’t it be cool to spend the day before Father's Day working in honor of your father by making the world a better place for another family? Saturday, June 16, 2012 will be the first annual diocesan multi-county build day of outreach, providing helping hands to Habitat projects in several of the counties in our diocese. So far there are two projects in Essex County, two in Morris County and one each in Bergen and Sussex Counties. Each project has need of about ten people. Be part of this exhilarating day helping to make the dream of home ownership come true for a family in your area -- sign up to join using the online registration form: http://www.dioceseofnewark.org/form/habitat-build-day-2012 :
For more information about this event, please contact Joe Stewart at JStewartIV@aol.com
Stewardship – God’s Generosity
God is a generous giver, but we can only see and enjoy God’s generosity when we love God with all of our hearts, minds and strength. As long as we say, “I will love you God, but first show me your generosity,” we will remain distant from God and unable to experience what God truly wants to give us, which is life and life in abundance.” ~ Henri Nouwen
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Heavenly Father, we thank you that by water and the Holy
Spirit you have bestowed upon us your servants the
forgiveness of sin, and have raised us to the new life of
grace. Sustain us, O Lord, in your Holy Spirit. Give us
inquiring and discerning hearts, the courage to will and to
persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy
and wonder in all your works. Amen. - Book of Common Prayer, page 308